Or maybe Mrs. Dick Chicken, for all we know.
Dick Chicken has been around, dropping his (or her) signature Penis Poultries here and there for several years now. “An exhibition for Dick Chicken! That’s so ‘tarded I’ve just got to go,” a jaded compadre said, blowing off an opening of a less cock-minded artist. Hey, Low Brow aims to please.
Dick Chicken does one thing, he draws Dick Chickens. Anywhere. On anything. He just came up with the idea of a “dick chicken” one day while doodling, show curator Rhiannon Platt told us. The Dick Chicken show is actually the latest of a series of excellent street artist exhibits Rhiannon assembled for Low Brow.
So, drawing Dick Chickens is Dick Chicken’s thing. But what this show reveals is that the work is not so much about the dick chickens themselves, but where the dick chickens roost. DC does a switch-up on foreground and background, and this show was all about the many places the Mentula Gallus gallus domesticu could be inserted, so to speak. Dick Chicken as a Keith Haring painting. Dick Chicken as an Asian hot sauce label. Dick Chicken as Baby Jesus in a Renaissance painting. Dick Chicken on a delicious box of copporn.
High or low, Dick Chicken travels everywhere, tapping into the universal fascination that the human eye holds for the elongated chicken neck. Transgressive! Yay!
We looked for Dick Chicken himself at the event, but he was nowhere to be found. See, Dick Chicken is wanted by many people, a random patron told us last night, a bit ominously. Dick Chicken is wanted by the law, for obvious reasons, he winked. Other street artists may also want to meet him personally as well, especially those whose own street art was augmented with a Dick Chicken or two.
In other words, the law’s going to get him if the outlaws don’t get him first. Can you dig it!
And after this show, we suspect Dick Chicken may catch the eye of a few corporate intellectual property lawyers as well.
Actually, we have no idea what Dick Chicken looks like. So he could have actually been in attendance:
He could be sitting next to you in the subway. He could be the 68 year old Korean woman toting the Ikea bag of frozen squid across Canal Street. We simply don’t know.
WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN? Low Brow has bulked up on the Merch. Finally! Opened by Bishop203 earlier this year to cater specifically to the street artist, the shop offers an expansive and carefully chosen selection of spray paints, and other necessary tooling. And now, for us street artist wanna-bes, the shop now stocks a fine collection of shirtware, for $15 – $20. So while you missed the opening–with the free keg beer–you can stop in Low Brow check out some Dick Chickens and buy a cool-ass shirt. We’ll grab some of these ourselves when we get a few extra sawbucks in our pocket: